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Thursday 29 June 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Church Talk, Culture, Features, National


Titikaveka’s Betela Ready to Reopen
The newly tiled floor an altar inside the Titikaveka CICC Betela church will have its grand reopening on Friday. MELINA ETCHES/23062812

The village of Titikaveka is excited as the Ekalesia’s Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) Betela reopens its doors tomorrow, following months of detailed renovations.

Final touches are being to the church’s landscaping, decorations inside and finer details for its grand opening.

Originally established in 1841, the church has played a vital role in the lives of the faithful and has witnessed significant events.

The Project Manager, Ken Ben said the renovation work included restoration work, new lights, wiring repairing, replacing weathered beams, but, preserving its design.

Two new entrance shelters with seating have also been constructed.

A dedicated team of builders, tradesmen, electricians, tilers and the community focused on preserving the churches traditional architecture while enhancing its structural and visual appeal.

The original ironwood tree trunk still remains in the church near the altar shining with a fresh coat of varnish.

The workers were looking at moving the pews - which can seat over 300 people, back inside the church on Wednesday while the women start decorating the church with their beautiful plants.

Graves in the yard have been smoothed over and repainted, family members who have tupuna buried have popped in to help and some members of the congregation have donated 5litre buckets of white paint.

Keta Williams construction crew led by foreman John Poila have led the renovation project.

While AJ Plumbing and Electrical rewired the church laying new wires under the floor and wiring extra lighting inside and outside.

Everyone is welcome to attend the reopening of Betela at 4pm, tomorrow Friday, June 30.